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New records from Ginnie Mae, HUD filed in TCB case

Housing Wire

Attorneys for the federal government have issued an extensive new filing in the ongoing litigation between Texas Capital Bank (TCB) and Ginnie Mae , including a raft of correspondence that took place immediately prior to the seizure of the Reverse Mortgage Funding servicing portfolio by Ginnie Mae. Separately, a magistrate judge has approved the government’s request to extend the timeline for discovery into July.

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Agents, consumers split on NAR settlement outcomes

Real Estate News

A recent survey from Clever found that 70% of agents are unhappy with the deal, but two-thirds of consumers think commissions practices should change.

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VA issues temporary fix to allow buyer-paid broker fees

Housing Wire

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Tuesday issued a temporary fix that will allow homebuyers using VA loans to pay for their real estate agent’s commission — i.e., the buyer-broker fee. The change, a result of the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) commission lawsuit settlement agreement , was anticipated late last month and commented on by Michelle Corridon, the deputy policy director at the VA.

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Nick Bailey: 5 lessons for leaders of public real estate companies

Real Estate News

Bailey, the former CEO of RE/MAX, discussed the keys to success when leading a business that is accountable to both customers and shareholders.

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The 4 Most Impactful Actions to Take in Real Estate in 2024

Strategic real estate professionals know that the name of the game right now is to stay informed, adaptable, and ready to make confident decisions. In this free download, Inside Real Estate CEO, Joe Skousen, shares what he believes are the top 4 most impactful actions in real estate right now. We've been actively engaging with industry experts, analyzing data, and listening intently to the experiences of our agents on the ground.

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Selling Smart: Why a Real Estate Agent Makes All the Difference

Keeping Current Matters

If you’re considering selling your house on your own as a “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO), you want to think about if it’s really worth the extra stress.

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‘Drive safe’ and 5 other ways real estate dads say ‘I love you’

Inman

From bad "dad jokes" to checking our tire pressure, dads have many unique ways to show love. Trainer Rachael Hite writes that real estate dads have mastered the Acts of Service love language.

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Offerpad and Realtor.com team up to make cash offers available to portal users

Housing Wire

The iBuying platform Offerpad and Realtor.com are teaming up. In an announcement on Tuesday, the firms said that Offerpad was integrating with Realtor.com. According to the release, the integration will allow Offerpad to provide a cash offer to more sellers and will extend Offerpad’s reach to a larger audience of potential sellers. “Over the past year, with all of the adversity happening for buyers and sellers and the industry in general, we have really been focused on trying to find buyers and

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Mortgage rates decline for a second week, boosting applications

Real Estate News

Buyers have more inventory to choose from, but the uptick in demand could be short-lived as the lock-in effect and price growth continue to stymie sales.

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Home Prices Aren’t Declining, But Headlines Might Make You Think They Are

Keeping Current Matters

If you’ve seen the news lately about home sellers slashing prices, it’s a great example of how headlines do more to terrify than clarify.

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Coldwell Banker Warburg welcomes 2 ‘boomerang’ agents

Inman

Broker Bill Kowalczuk and agent David Harris were not gone for long before realizing they missed Coldwell Banker Warburg's robust support systems. Agent Guy Hobson has also joined the firm.

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Need Curated Pre-foreclosure Lists to Generate New Real Estate Leads? Trellis Has the Data!

Trellis is a state trial court research and analytics platform that provides Real Estate Professionals (Buyers, Foreclosure, Loan Modification, etc.) with LEADS on Pre-Foreclosures, Lis Pendes, Distressed Assets and more — to help uncover **new** opportunities and grow their business. The process is quick and easy — and all in real time. Trellis will supply you with a link to the relevant dockets, a Leads sheet and access to its UI where applicable.

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Amazon commits an additional $1.4 billion to affordable housing

Seattle Times Real Estate

Amazon invested $2.2 billion in affordable housing units faster than it expected. Now, it has committed an additional $1.4 billion for more projects.

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Douglas Elliman dismissed from buy-side commission case

Real Estate News

Compass, eXp, Redfin, Weichert, United Real Estate and Hanna among remaining defendants in Batton 2 case; a smaller case moves closer to a settlement.

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Real Estate Is Still the Best Long-Term Investment [INFOGRAPHIC]

Keeping Current Matters

According to a recent poll from Gallup, real estate has been voted the best long-term investment for twelve straight years.

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VA officially unveils rules to allow vets to pay broker commissions

Inman

The temporary rules were first announced in May ahead of Memorial Day and came in response to calls from Realtors who feared veterans would become less competitive in the new landscape.

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Accelerating Real Estate Sales Pipelines to Streamline Buyer Journeys

Navigated 360° tours, like YourVRTours, advance pipelines by engaging clients further along the sales funnel. These immersive experiences provide comprehensive property insights, increasing buyer intent and readiness. By embracing navigated tours, agents can optimize property exposure, better qualify leads, and streamline the sales process. Stay ahead in the ever-evolving real estate landscape with innovative technology that elevates buyer journeys and progresses pipelines more effectively.

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NAHB Builders Report 22% All-Cash Sales in 2024

Eye on Housing

Up to this point in 2024, the median builder has sold 22% of its homes to buyers who used all cash to pay for them (i.e., did not take out a mortgage), according to a recent NAHB survey. The survey took the form of a special question appended to the instrument used to collect data.

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Should we be worried about the number of underwater homes?

Housing Wire

Should we be concerned about the number of homeowners who are underwater on their homes? Recent data from Attom showed that 1 out of every 37 homes were severely underwater, something I talked about on CNBC recently , but CoreLogic data provides a reality check on this topic. Let’s dig in. One of the most alarming aspects of the housing bubble crash was the staggering number of Americans who were underwater on their homes.

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Savings Strategies Every First-Time Homebuyer Needs To Know

Keeping Current Matters

If homeownership is on your goal sheet for your future, you’re probably working on your savings.

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MLSs remain valuable tools after the NAR settlement

Inman

As compliance becomes even more top of mind for the industry, Realtracs CEO Stuart White writes, MLSs have an enhanced role as a reliable resource to support professionals in following developing processes and procedures.

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Maximizing Your Online Presence: Tips for Real Estate Agents on Social Media

Speaker: Sarah Santa Ana, Real Estate Coach, Move4Free Realty

Networking is one of the crucial elements in every real estate organization's success. Both agents and real estate companies need to maintain robust networking links. This is why social media is essential for any real estate professional! Social media enables you to stay in touch with your present clients, maintain connections with your past clients, and engage potential customers and investors.

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What It Takes for Investors to Build a Powerful Lead List and Keep Deals Flowing

Bigger Pockets

This article is presented by DealMachine. Read our editorial guidelines for more information. A well-built, up-to-date lead list is an essential component of success in real estate investing.

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HUD expands housing counseling support for Native American tribes

Housing Wire

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday announced a final rule designed to expand support for housing counseling services within Native American tribal communities. In a new final rule published in the Federal Register, HUD outlined requirements for housing counselor certification for sessions that are conducted in connection with the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) programs.

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VA makes mortgage rule change official

Real Estate News

A temporary policy revision allows military borrowers to pay their agents, something that was previously prohibited under VA lending rules.

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Homebuilders Aren’t Overbuilding, They’re Catching Up

Keeping Current Matters

You may have heard that there are more brand-new homes available right now than the norm.

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Rise of The Apps: Building Your Dream Tech Stack For Real Estate Success

Speaker: Trey Willard, Realtor/Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In order to create continued success in today’s real estate market, realtors need to utilize an arsenal of technology that will increase their efficiency and presence on social media. Using technology to manage your prospects and tap into their needs through websites, social media, and other channels is critical for real estate success in 2022 and beyond.

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4 fair housing essentials any real estate professional can champion

Inman

Fair housing goes beyond knowing the protected classes. Dr. Lee Davenport offers a primer on 4 levels of fairness involved in fair housing and how to communicate the facts to buyers and sellers.

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Initial Market Analysis Is the Most Important Part of Any Real Estate Deal

Bigger Pockets

Purchasing a property in just any market won't guarantee financial freedom. Here's why market analysis is so important to achieve your goals.

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Opendoor announces partnership with My State MLS

Housing Wire

Opendoor has partnered with nationwide multiple listing service My State MLS to equip more than 60,000 agents in each of the 50-plus markets Opendoor serves with access to the iBuyer’s cash-offer solution. My State MLS is a nationwide multiple listing service that allows members to list and search properties anywhere in the U.S. According to a news release, through the partnership, My State MLS agent members will be able to receive estimated cash offers on qualifying properties within minutes to

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MLS PIN to DOJ: Stay out of our settlement

Real Estate News

Attorneys argue that if the federal agency wants to make policy changes, it should do so through the legislature, not an antitrust settlement.

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3 Real Estate Office Hacks to Help Kickstart the Busy Season

Ready to better your Back Office? Dive into the secrets to a powerhouse back office with Brokermint expert, Jessica Souza. In this free download, she shares her 3 transformative hacks designed to clean house, get everyone on the same page, and set yourself up for success. From optimizing agent profiles to ensuring flawless transactions and boosting agent retention, these strategies are your ticket to a seamless operation.

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DOJ Intervention Violates Free Speech, MLS Argues

RIS Media

MLS PIN, the Massachusetts-based listing service that has become a focal point of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) interest in real estate commission practices, yesterday filed its long-awaited response to antitrust regulators as it urged a federal judge to reject DOJ arguments that “fail on their own terms” in a proxy battle over compensation structure.… The post DOJ Intervention Violates Free Speech, MLS Argues appeared first on RISMedia.

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Quiana Watson almost got burned by the tea — but knows better now

Inman

The luxury broker has come a long way from her start in a small town in North Carolina. From property manager to agent to broker-owner and reality TV star, the journey has blessed her with knowledge.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Start Investing in Real Estate

Bigger Pockets

Before you start investing in real estate, make sure you hear this episode. Almost every beginner ends up making these five big real estate investing mistakes.

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White House nominates new FDIC chair to replace embattled Gruenberg

Housing Wire

The White House on Thursday nominated Christy Goldsmith Romero as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), putting her on track to head the U.S. bank regulator following the scandal-induced resignation of Martin Gruenberg. Goldsmith Romero, who must still be confirmed by members of the U.S. Senate , has been a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since March 2022.

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5 Data Proven Ways Agents Can Do 18% More Business

Curious as to how you could do 18% more business? How about 14 more transaction sides per year? Check out this infographic with data from a RealTrends study to learn more.